There's been plenty of speculation running around town that glitzy King Street spot Halls Chophouse was angling to buy the iconic Maverick Southern Kitchens restaurants (High Cotton, Old Village Post House, Slightly North of Broad, High Cotton of Greenville). A few weeks ago, Maverick founder/president Dick Elliott told City Paper he was in talks with several parties and explained the situation as such:
"If you have a dog you love and someone says ‘I’ll give you $10 for your dog.’ You’d say, ‘no,’" explains Elliott. "But what if they offered you $10 million? I think there’s a point where you’d say yes."
Well, it appears that Halls has ponied up a hefty sum for Elliott's "dog," because today, members of the Maverick Collection received an email stating, "an agreement has been finalized for Halls Management Group to acquire Maverick Southern Kitchens and its restaurant profile ..." Below is the letter in its entirety.
Elliott was one of the early pioneers of the current Charleston culinary scene, with over 20 years of experience in the Lowcountry. It will be interesting to see how long-time fans will react to the merger — or what Halls patrons think.